Events


 Workshops/Meetings

ROCB A/P promotes the WCO Revenue Package and Customs-Tax Cooperation Guidelines to assist implementation of the AEC2025 
20 February 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

At the invitation from the Fiscal Policy Research Institute Foundation (FPRIF) of Thailand, which is a research institute supporting Thailand’s economic and fiscal management, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the ASEAN Directors General Meeting on Excise Taxation held on 20 February 2017 in Hua Hin, Thailand, as a guest speaker.


ROCB A/P speaks at the 18th Meeting of ARPEC 
15 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 15 February 2017, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme hosted the 18th meeting of the Asian Regional Partners Forum on Environmental Crime (ARPEC) in the UN building in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P moderates and speaks at the International Academic Conference on Economic Security 
27-30 January 2017, Baku, Azerbaijan

At the invitation of Prof. Aydin Aliyev, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, Dr. Tong Hua, ROCB A/P Program Manager, participated in the International Academic Conference held at the Azerbaijan Economic University in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the occasion of International Customs Day and the 25th Anniversary of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.


ROCB A/P joins the discussion on the region’s future priorities 
17-20 January 2017, Canberra, Australia


In the wake of the discussion at the last A/P Regional Contact Point Meeting held in November 2016 in Fiji (please refer to workshop click here), the regional working group meetings were convened from 17-20 January 2017 at the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection to discuss the Members’ interests in the private sector engagement with Customs community as well as the development of the Regional Strategic Plan (RSP) for 2018-2020 and other technical coordination issues.


ROCB A/P joined Study Visit Program at Laem Chabang Port Customs Bureau 
19 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 18th January 2017, with a kind invitation from Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Principle Advisor of the Royal Thai Customs Department, staff members of the ROCB A/P joined the study visit program held at the Laem Chabang Port Customs Bureau (LCPCB), Thailand.


ROCB A/P speaks at the WCO-UNODC CCP Steering Committee Meeting 
12 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO-UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) Steering Committee Meeting was convened on 12 January 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, and more than 50 officials representing eight ASEAN CCP participating countries, the UNODC, donor countries, the RILO A/P, the Oceania Customs Organisation and other observers, attended. The ROCB A/P was also invited to participate in this Meeting on behalf of the WCO.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Digital Customs and E-Commerce 
12-16 December 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Digital Customs and E-Commerce on 12-16 December 2016 at the RTC India (National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotic, NACEN), India, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


ROCB A/P contributes to the UNESCAP-GTI International Seminar on Trade Facilitation in North-East Asia 
13-14 December 2016, Incheon, Korea

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P, as the WCO representative, participated in the International Seminar on Trade Facilitation in North-East Asia, which was held on 13 December 2016 in Incheon, Korea.


14th Meeting of Heads of the WCO A/P RTCs 
7-8 December 2016, Hong Kong

On 7-8 December 2016, 14th Meeting of Heads of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers (RTCs) was convened at the Hong Kong Customs Headquarters Building.


WCO National Workshop on Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing for Thailand 
21-25 November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, organized the WCO National Workshop on Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing for Thai Customs on 21-25 November 2016 at the Thai Customs Department (TCD) Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Intelligence-Led Risk Management 
21-25 November 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC India (National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotic, NACEN), organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Intelligence-Led Risk Management on 21-25 November 2016 at the RTC India, Faridabad, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO tools and instruments in the implementation of PNR 
23-24 November 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.

At the invitation of the APEC, Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P participated in the APEC Workshop - Enhancing Travel Facilitation and Security through the Implementation of PNRGOV.


ROCB A/P contributes to the WCO Sub-regional Security Program Meeting 
23-25 November 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam

The WCO organized the WCO Sub-regional Security Program Meeting on 23-25 November 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam with a view to developing a concept of a project to promote the WCO Security Program, which consist of API/PNR, SALW and chemical precursor and components of improvised explosive devices (IED).


RILO A/P Seminar on Detector Dogs 
15-17 November 2016, Cheon-an, Korea

Mr. Kangsik Cho, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P participated in the RILO A/P Seminar on Detector Dogs held on 15-17 November 2016 at the Customs Border Protection Institute (CBCTI) in Cheon-an, Korea and introduced the ROCB A/P’s capacity building activities.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Train-The-Trainer Workshop for Joint Enforcement Action Against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific Region 2 
15-17 November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RILO A/P organized the WCO A/P Regional Train-The-Trainer Workshop for Joint Enforcement Action Against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific Region (ACTION IPR A/P 2) in Bangkok, Thailand, on 15-17 November 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


WCO ROCB A/P promotes the Customs framework(AEO program) for implementation of the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program in Philippines 
11 November 2016, Manila, Philippines

The WCO ROCB A/P, on behalf of the WCO, joined the Customs-Business workshop on UNODC-WCO Container Control Program to enhance the relationship between Customs and Business including related stake holders.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories for the Revenue Package Program and Trade Facilitation 
9-11 November 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the Central Customs Laboratory (CCL) of Japan Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized a Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories for the Revenue Package Program and Trade Facilitation from 9 to 11 November 2016 in Kashiwa, Japan.


ROCB A/P reports its activities and commitment to the Regional Contact Points 
9-11 November 2016, Sigatoka, Fiji

26th WCO A/P Regional Contact Point Meeting was held on 9-11 November 2016 in Sigatoka, Fiji. Nearly 50 delegates from 21 Member administrations, 4 observer organizations (WCO, RILO A/P, ROCB A/P and OCO) and the Regional Vice Chair’s Secretariat attended and discussed a series of important subjects.


WCO ROCB A/P promotes the Customs framework (AEO program) for implementation of the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program in Cambodia 
8 November 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The WCO ROCBA/P, on behalf of the WCO, joined the Customs-Business workshop on UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme to enhance the relationship between Customs and Businessincluding related stake holders.


ROCB A/P joins the WCO Security Program Mission 
On 4 November 2016

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P joined the WCO mission in Bangkok, Thailand, which aimed at exploring possible areas of cooperation to promote the WCO Security Program with the Thai Customs Department.


ROCB A/P joins the 28th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P) 
1-3 November 2016, Seoul, Korea

At the invitation of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr Takayuki Miyoshi, attended the 28th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of RILO A/P, which was held in 1-3 November 2016 in Seoul, Korea.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Post Clearance Audit 
12-16 September 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC Japan organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Post Clearance Audit at the RTC Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute), Kashiwa, on 12-16 September 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Non-Intrusive Inspection 
12-16 September 2016, Melbourne, Australia

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Non-Intrusive Inspection on 12-16 September 2016 at the Melbourne Customhouse of the Australian Border Force (ABF) under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


WCO fosters high-level support for the continued modernization of Samoa Customs 
Apia, 29 July 2016

On 29 July 2016, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Apia, Samoa, to pay courtesy calls to the Samoan political leaders with a view to calling for continued high-level support for on-going Customs reform and modernization of Samoa Customs, including expeditious accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention.


WCO reaffirms enhancing collaboration with OCO 
Suva, 28 July 2016

On 28 July 2016, at the invitation of the Oceania Customs Organization (OCO), the WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, and Head of the WCO ROCB A/P, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, visited the OCO Secretariat in Suva, Fiji. Mr. Seve Paeniu, Head of the OCO Secretariat, and his colleagues warmly welcomed the visit of the WCO representatives.


ROCB A/P attends the A/P Vice-Chair’s Office Opening Ceremony 
28 July 2016

On 28 July 2016, the Official Launching Ceremony of the WCO A/P Vice Chair’s Office was held in Suva, Fiji, with presence of Honorable Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fijian Attorney General and Minister of Economy, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, Dato’ Sri Khazali bin Hj Ahmad, Director General of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD).


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Integrity for the Pacific 
27-29 July 2016

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) and Oceania Customs Organization (OCO), organized the Sub-regional Workshop on Integrity for the Pacific on 27-29 July 2016 at the Regional Training Center Fiji, in Suva, Fiji, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


127th/128th Sessions of the WCO Council 
Brussels, Belgium, 14-16 July 2016

127th/128th Sessions of the WCO Council was convened on 14-16 July 2016 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and was attended by a total of around 500 delegates from the WCO Member administrations, the observer international organizations and business associations. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Council as an observer.


ROCB A/P participates in the ASEM Eurasia Expert Group Meeting 
11-13 July 2016, Seoul, Korea

Ms. Alpha WONG of the ROCB A/P, as a WCO representative, attended the ASEM Eurasia Expert Group Meeting on Transport and Logistics, which was held on 11-13 July 2016 in Seoul, Korea.


ROCB A/P participates in the Customs-Business Conference 
7 July 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson and Mr. Kangsik Cho of the ROCB A/P attended the Customs-Business Conference held on 7 July 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P joined Thai Customs Department’s 142th Anniversary 
4 July 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

On 4 July 2016, at the kind invitation from Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, Director General of the Royal Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his staff members joined the TCD’s 142th Anniversary Ceremony held at its Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on the Compliance and Enforcement Package (CEP) 
20-24 June 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC India (National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotic, NACEN) organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on the Compliance and Enforcement Package (CEP) at the RTC India, Faridabad, on 20-24 June 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


WCO Asia/Pacific(A/P) Regional Workshop on Risk Assessment and Selectivity with Advance Cargo Information 
20-23 June 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Risk Assessment and Selectivity with Advance Cargo Information on 20-23 June 2016 at the Regional Training Center in Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan.


ROCB A/P supports Thai Customs’ human resource development initiative 
14 June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request of Mr. Vichak Apirugnunchai, Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and Ms. Alpha Wong, joined the selection process for so-called “STAR Project” which is led by Mr. Vichak to identify his subordinates with good potentials and broaden their future carrier paths.


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 
6-10 June 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the WTO, ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) on 6-10 June 2016 at the Regional Training Center in Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan.


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for India Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
6-9 June 2016 in Faridabad, India

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the India Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 6 to 9 June 2016 in Faridabad, India, and successfully completed the 3-year Multi-year Project.


ROCB A/P introduces WCO instruments and tools for Digital Customs 
1 June 2016, Funafuti, Tuvalu

At the invitation of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 18th OCO Annual Conference held on 1 June 2016 in Funafuti, Tuvalu, as an observer.


WCO National Training on Trade Facilitation Agreement for Thailand 
31 May - 3 June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, organized the WCO National Training on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) for Thai Customs at the Thai Customs Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, on 31 May - 3 June 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


ROCB A/P participates in the GFP Meeting 
31 May – 1 June 2016

At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P accompanied Ms. Ana Hinojosa, WCO Director of Compliance and Facilitation, and participated in the Meeting of the Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade (GFP), which was held on 1 June 2016 in Shanghai, China.


ROCB A/P Collaborates with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for capacity building of SASEC countries 
26 May 2016 Maldives,

At the invitation of the ADB, Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, Program Manager for South Asia of the ROCB A/P, attended the ADB SASEC 5th Meeting of Customs Subgroup held on 26 May 2016 in Maldives.


ROCB A/P gives a lecture to Thai Customs Managers 
27 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request of the Thai Customs Academy, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, gave a lecture on the activities of the WCO and the ROCB A/P on 27 May 2016 at the Thai Customs Department Headquarters.


25th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors General (DGs) of Customs 
26 May 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

At the request of the WCO Secretariat and at the invitation by the ASEAN Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P participated a session of the 25th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors General (DGs) of Customs, which was held on 26 May 2016 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and attended by some 50 participants, including DGs and representatives of the Customs administrations from 10 ASEAN Members States and ASEAN Secretariat.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Counterfeiting and Piracy 
16-20 May 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and the ROCB A/P, organized a Regional Workshop on Counterfeiting and Piracy on 16-20 May 2016 at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers) in Faridabad, India.


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Bhutan Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
9 to 12 May 2016 in Phuentsholing, Bhutan.

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Bhutan Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 9 to 12 May 2016 in Phuentsholing, Bhutan, and successfully completed the 3-year Multi-year Project.


WCO Regional Workshop on Passenger Controls 
25-29 April 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

On 25-29 April 2016, the WCO Organized the A/P Regional Workshop on Passenger Controls at the ICAO Asia and Pacific Office in Bangkok, Thailand, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund, in which 37 persons, including the representatives from 27 Member Customs administrations and RILO A/P, took part. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P participated in the Workshop as co-facilitator.


WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for South Asia 
26-28 April 2016, Faridabad, India

After the first Transit workshop held in China in early April, the WCO, in cooperation with the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized a Sub-Regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for South Asia on 26-28 April 2016 at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers) in Faridabad, India.


WCO Regional Workshop on Strategic Trade Control Enforcement 
18-22 April 2016, Shanghai, China

WCO organized the Regional Workshop on Strategic Trade Control Enforcement (STCE) on 18-22 April 2016 in Shanghai Customs College (SCC), Shanghai, China, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Japan (CCF/Japan).


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on the HS 2017 Implementation 
18-22 April 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC Japan organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on the HS 2017 Implementation at the RTC Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute), Kashiwa, on 18-22 April 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. A total of 34 officers representing the WCO Members and the ROCB A/P, 3 WCO officers, Mr. Ed DE Jong, Senior Technical Officer, Mr. Kaoru OMOTO, Technical Officer and Mr. Toshihiko YAMATE, Technical Attaché as resource persons, and 1 ROCB officer, Mr. Takayuki MIYOSHI, CCF/Japan Operation Manager as a facilitator, participated in the Workshop.


ROCB A/P participates in the Pre-Arrival Processing System Conference 
11 April 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Ms. Alpha Wong, Program Manager for Southeast Asia of the ROCB A/P, attended the Pre-Arrival Processing System Conference, which was held on 11 April 2016 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. Approximately 50 TCD officials and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, JICA, shipping agents and terminal operators participated in the Conference.


A/P shares the region’s good practices with other WCO regions 
7-8 April 2016 in Brussels, Belgium


11th Global Meeting of the Heads of the ROCBs and RTCs and Vice Chairs’ Offices was convened on 7-8 April 2016 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, which aimed at further empowering the regional structures to deliver their mission and fulfil their important roles.


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) 
6-8 April 2016, Shanghai, China

The World Customs Organization (WCO), in cooperation with the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P), under the sponsorship of CCF China, successfully conducted the Sub-regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) on 6-8 April 2016 at the Shanghai Customs College (SCC) in Shanghai, China, which was attended by 19 participants from the WCO Member Customs administrations in the GMS. Resource persons from the WCO Secretariat, Turkey, Uganda and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) contributed to the Workshop. Mr. Cheng Jing, Program Manager of ROCB A/P, took part in the workshop as a resource person.


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Bangladesh Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
22 - 24 March 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh



The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Bangladesh Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 22 to 24 March 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and successfully completed the 3-year Multi-year Project.


WCO Follow-up Regional Workshop for Joint Enforcement Action against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific region (Action IPR A/P) 
21-23 March 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, RILO A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Follow-up Regional Workshop for Joint Enforcement Action against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific region (Action IPR A/P) on 21-23 March 2016 in the Holoday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Japan (CCF/Japan). A total of 22 participants from the 20 Member Customs administrations and 1 observer from the ROCB A/P participated in this Workshop. Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson attended this Regional Workshop as a resource person, along with other resource persons from the WCO Secretariat, RILO A/P and Japan Customs.


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Strategic Leadership in Information Technology 
21-22 March 2016, Melaka, Malaysia

On 21-22 March 2016, the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Strategic Leadership in Information Technology was held in the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL) in Melaka, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. A total of 24persons representing the WCO Member Customs administrations, including those represented the host administration, participated in the Workshop, which was supported by Mr. Tejo Kusuma, Technical Officer of the WCO Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, and Ms. Beng Huay Yeo, Chief Information Officer of Singapore Customs, as resource persons, as well as Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, as a facilitator.


ROCB A/P Reports its Activities to Directors General and Commissioners in the region 
15-18 March 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 17th Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference held on 15-18 March 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and reported the ROCB A/P’s activities in 2014/2015 and the latest progress in the undertakings over the last 8 months in 2015/2016.


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Nepal Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
7 to 11 March 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal


The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Nepal Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 7 to 11 March 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal and successfully completed the 3-year Multi-year Project.


ROCB A/P joins the Panel Discussion on Cross-Border E-Commerce 
10 March 2016, Bangkok

At the invitation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, joined a Panel Discussion in the ADB Regional Workshop on Cross-Border E-Commerce: Towards Seamless Connectivity, which was held on 10 March 2016 at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.


WCO National Training on Coordinated Border Management for Thailand 
29 February - 4 March 2016, Mukdahan, Thailand


WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and with the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, organized the WCO National Training on Coordinated Border Management (CBM) for Thailand from 29 February to 4 March 2016 at the Thai Customs Department (TCD) Academy. 76 TCD officials from relevant Divisions in the Headquarters and regional Customhouses attended this important National Training, which was the first national training to supplement the A/P Regional Workshop held in December 2015 in Kashiwa, Japan.


ROCB A/P gives a lecture on the Customs community’s roles in trade facilitation and security 
26 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand.

On 26 February 2016, at a meeting room of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, the Programs Manager of the same, gave a lecture on the Customs’ roles in trade facilitation and supply chain security, which has significant impact from the viewpoint of global economics.


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Sri Lanka Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
15 February 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Sri Lanka Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 15 to 19 February 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka and successfully completed the Multi-year Project.


The 2016 Exit Conference on Time Release study (TRS) for Thailand 
18 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation by the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Cho Kangsik, Ms. Alpha Wong, Mr. Cheng Jing and Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson of the ROCB A/P attended the 2016 Exit Conference on Time Release Study for Thailand, which was held on 18 February 2016 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Maldives Customs Service under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
24-28 January 2016, Male, Maldives

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Maldives Customs Service under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 24 to 28 January 2016 in Male, Maldives and successfully completed the Multi-year Project. 3 Project Core Members (PCMs) of this Multi-year Project, 8 Project Supporting Members (PSMs) from Maldives Customs Service and experts from the WCO, Sri Lanka and ROCB A/P joined the activity.


WCO Regional Workshop on Revenue Package and Advance Ruling 
25–29 January 2016,AKMAL Melaka, Malaysia

WCO Regional Workshop on Revenue Package and Advance Ruling was conducted on 25 – 29 January 2016 at the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL) in Melaka, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, and in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD).


ROCB A/P participates in the Steering Committee Meeting for the Container Control Program (Southeast Asia) 
19 January 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the UNODC Bangkok Office, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied by his colleagues, Mr. Jing Cheng, Mr. Kangsik Cho and Ms. Alpha Wong, attended the Steering Committee Meeting for the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program (CCP) in the Southeast Asia region, which was held on 19 January 2016 at the Thai Customs Department Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, as observers.


ROCB A/P Promotes the AEO Program and Coordinated Border Management (CBM) at the WCO/UNODC CCP Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting in Yangon, Myanmar 
15 January 2016, Yangon, Myanmar

WCO/UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting was organized on 15 January 2016 in Yangon, Myanmar, by the UNODC Bangkok Office with the sponsorship of the Australia Department of Immigration and Border Protection (ADIBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).


ROCB A/P Promotes the AEO Program and Coordinated Border Management (CBM) at the WCO/UNODC CCP Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting in Vientiane, Lao PDR 
13 January 2016, Vientiane, Lao PDR

WCO/UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting was organized on 13 January 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, by the UNODC Bangkok Office with the sponsorship of the Australia Department of Immigration and Border Protection (ADIBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).


ROCB A/P Promotes the AEO Program and Coordinated Border Management (CBM) at the WCO/UNODC CCP Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia 
11 January 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

WCO/UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting was organized on 11 January 2016 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, by the UNODC Bangkok Office with the sponsorship of the Australia Department of Immigration and Border Protection (ADIBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).


First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Bangladesh Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries (*) 
14-18 December 2015

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Bangladesh Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 14 to 18 December 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Coordinated Border Management 
15-17 December 2015, Kashiwa, Japan

WCO, in cooperation with ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, with the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, organized the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Coordinated Border Management (CBM) from 15 to 17 December 2015 at the Japan Customs Training Institute (one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers) in Kashiwa, Japan.


ROCB A/P promotes new IPM to Right Holders and Customs 
26-27 November 2015, Manila, Philippines

At the invitation of the IPR Business Partnership, Ms. Alpha Wong of ROCB A/P participated and contributed to the 2015 National Workshop on Counterfeiting, Piracy and Border Measures, which was held on 26-27 November 2015 in Manila, the Philippines.


WCO National Workshop on Post Clearance Audit for Samoa Customs Service 
16-20 November 2015, Apia, Samoa

Responding to a strong request from Samoa Customs Service, the ROCB A/P, in cooperation with the WCO Secretariat and under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, conducted the National Workshop on Post Clearance Audit (PCA) for Samoa Customs Service from 16 to 20 November 2015 in Apia, Samoa, for their better understanding and effective implementation of PCA.


ROCB A/P contributes to the 25th WCO A/P Regional Contact Point Meeting 
17-19 November 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

25th WCO A/P Regional Contact Point (RCP) Meeting was convened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which was attended by 47 representatives from 22 WCO Member administrations in the A/P region and 3 observer bodies (WCO, RILO A/P and ROCB A/P).


Fruitful results in the 13th Heads of the Asia/Pacific WCO Regional Training Centers Meeting held in Malaysia 
3-4 November 2015, the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL), Malacca, Malaysia

The 13th Heads of the Asia/Pacific WCO Regional Training Centers (RTCs) Meeting was convened at the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL), Malacca, Malaysia, on 3-4 November 2015.


First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Sri Lanka Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries (*) 
26 to 30 October 2015,Colombo, Sri Lanka

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Sri Lanka Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project)


ROCB A/P Attends the Exit Conference on Time Release Study (TRS) for Thailand 
29 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand


At the invitation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson, Program Coordinator of the ROCB A/P, attended the Exit Conference on the Time Release Study (TRS) for Thailand held on 29 October 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, as an observer. Approximately 70 persons, including representatives from the other Thai government authorities and the private sectors, attended the Conference.


Collaboration with ADB SASEC Customs administrations is making steady progress 
28 October 2015, Cebu City, Philippines

At the invitation of the ADB, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 4th Meeting of the ADB South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Customs Sub-group (SCS-4) held on 28 October 2015, Cebu City, Philippines, with the ADB’s sponsorship.


ROCB A/P collaborates with development partners organizations in trade facilitation 
19-22 October 2015,Wuhan, China

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 4th Annual Meeting of the Regional Organizations Cooperation Mechanism for Trade Facilitation (ROC-TF*), which was held on 19 October 2015 in Wuhan, China, together with Mr. Toshihiko Osawa, Technical Officer of the Procedure/Facilitation Sub-Directorate of the WCO Secretariat.


Exit Conference on the 2014 Time Release Study (TRS) in Malaysia 
13 October 2015, Putrajaya, Malaysia

At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, Program Manager for South Asia of the ROCB A/P (WCO Accredited Expert on TRS), represented the WCO at the Exit Conference on the 2014 TRS, which was organized by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD) in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank on 13 October 2015 at the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel, Putrajaya, Malaysia.


ROCB A/P contributes to the A/P regional Conference on Time Release Study 
6-8 October 2015 in Tokyo, Japan

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, took part in the Regional Conference on Time Release Study (TRS), which was funded by Asian Development bank (ADB) and co-organized by ADB, Japan Customs, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and WCO


First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for India Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries (*) 
28 September - 1 October 2015, Faridabad, India

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for India Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project)


ROCB A/P supports the First Regional Seminar on COPES 
22-24 September 2015, Hong Kong, China

The WCO and Hong Kong Customs jointly organized the WCO Regional Seminar on COPES (Compendium of Customs Operational Practices for Enforcement and Seizures) at the Regional Training Center.


Customs and Business Cooperation to contend with IPR Infringing 
21-23 September 2015,Melaka, Malaysia

WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, RILO A/P and Royal Malaysian Customs Department, organized the Regional IPR Train-the-Trainer Workshop for the Joint Enforcement Action against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific Region


ROCB A/P optimizes Customs Joint Enforcement through Capacity Building 
15-17 September 2015, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of ROCB A/P, attended the 27th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of RILO A/P, which was held on 15-17 September 2015 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.


ROCB A/P promotes WCO Economic Competitiveness Package to ASEM Eurasia Symposium 
10 September 2015, Seoul, Korea

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the ASEM Symposium on Eurasia Transport and Logistics Network, which was held on 10 September 2015 in Seoul, Korea.


ROCB A/P Highlights WCO’s Effort in Building Members’ Capacity for Paperless Trade 
9 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the UNESCAP, Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCP A/P attended the First Meeting of Legal and Technical Working Groups of the Interim Intergovernmental Steering Group on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation, which was held on 9-11 September 2015 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Forty-seven representatives from 19 UNESCAP Member administrations, including some Customs officials, and UN advisers on paperless trade participated in the Meeting.


WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on Customs Valuation 
8 September 2015, Tehran, The Islamic Republic of Iran

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA), organized the WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on Customs Valuation from 8 to 11 September 2015 in Tehran, Iran, under the sponsorship of the CCF/Japan. Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi and Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson joined the WCO Secretariat resource person and facilitated the Workshop. 9 participants from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan including 11 observers from the host country, Iran, attended the Workshop.


ROCB A/P Briefed the WCO's Counter-Terrorism and Security Initiatives to APEC Counter-Terrorism Working Group 
1 September 2015, Cebu, The Philippines

Upon a request from the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 6th APEC Counter-Terrorism Working Group, which was held on 1-3 September 2015 in Cebu, Philippines, and briefed the WCO's counter-terrorism and security initiatives, which were unanimously adopted at the recent WCO Council Sessions in June 2015, to APEC Counter-Terrorism Working Group with a view to deepening the understanding on the latest technical standards developed by the WCO and seeking possible collaboration in the Asia/Pacific region to contend with perceived complex challenges in supply chain and travel security.


ROCB A/P Represented the WCO to APEC Secure Travel Workshop 
30 August 2015, Cebu, The Philippines

Upon a request from the WCO Secretariat and an invitation by the workshop organizer, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the APEC Secure Travel Workshop on Countering Foreign Terrorist Fighter Travel, which was held on 30-31 August 2015 in Cebu, Philippines, with the objectives to discuss and share good practices in implementing the UNSCR 2178 (2014) on countering so-called “foreign terrorist fighters” and mitigate relevant security threats in the Asia/Pacific region. Approximately 60 representatives from the APEC member economies and international organizations, including the WCO, attended the Workshop.


ROCB A/P Promotes the WCO CLiKC! Platform among the ASEAN Customs Capacity Building Directors 
20 August 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, (Head of the ROCB A/P), attended the 17th meeting of the ASEAN Customs Capacity Building Working Group in Bangkok. , Mr Igarashi spoke about the latest developments in the WCO CLiKC! to encourage the ASEAN Member Customs administrations to make better use of the e-learning modules as part of their human resource development efforts.


First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Nepal Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries (*) 
19 August 2015, Nagarkot, Nepal

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Nepal Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 19 to 21 August 2015 in Nagarkot, Nepal.


Ad-hoc Study Meeting with Thai Suvarnabhumi Airport Customs 
27 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request of the Thai Customs Department’s Suvarnabhumi Airport Passenger Control Customs Bureau, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P had an ad-hoc study meeting with Mr. Chaiyut Kumkun, Director of Suvarnabhumi Airport Passenger Control Customs Bureau, and his staff members on practices in duty and tax calculation on 27 July 2015 at the ROCB A/P.


ROCB A/P Briefs Freight Forwards on the WCO Strategic Initiative for Trade Facilitation 
24 June, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) of the Region Asia/Pacific (RAP), Ms. Alpha Wong participated and contributed to the 9th RAP Field Meeting, which was held on 24 June 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.


The First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Bhutan Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries (*) 
22 June 2015, Paro, Bhutan

The ROCB A/P and the ADB, with support from the WCO Secretariat and Maldives Customs Service, conducted the First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Bhutan Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 22 to 26 June 2015 in Paro, Bhutan.


ROCB A/P Renews Its Collaboration with Oceania Customs Organisation 
22 June 2015, Koror, Palau

At the invitation of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 17th OCO Annual Conference held on 22-24 June 2015 at the Ngarachemayong Cultural Center in Koror, Palau, as an observer.


WCO Workshop of Development of Revenue Package/ TTD Diagnostic Expert Pool 
1 June 2015, Shanghai, China

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P conducted a WCO Regional Workshop for Development of Revenue Package/ TTA Diagnostic Expert Tool from 1 to 5 June 2015 in Shanghai, China, with the financial support of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China).


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on the Use of PNR 
26 May 2015, Kashiwa, Japan

WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Regional Training Centre in Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute (CTI)) in Kashiwa) conducted the Regional Workshop on the use of PNR from 26 – 29 May 2015, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


ROCBA/P Briefs Its Capacity Building Activities to ASEAN DGs 
20 May 2015, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

At the invitation of the ASEAN Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 24th ASEAN Customs DGs Meeting, which was held on 20-22 May 2015 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, as a representative of the WCO.


Joint WCO-UPU Customs-Post Workshop 
19 May 2015, Guangzhou, China

The World Customs Organization (WCO), in cooperation with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the ROCB A/P, organized the WCO-UPU Customs-Post Workshop–"Fostering greater cooperation between Customs and Posts and promoting the development of cross-border e-commerce" for the A/P region in Guangzhou, China, from 19 to 22 May 2015, under the sponsorship of CCF/China.


ROCBA/P Promotes WCO Tools for Combating Transnational Counterfeiting 
19 May 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P participated and contributed to the ASEAN-USPTO Workshop on Effective Practices in Transnational Cooperation in the Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), which was held on 19-21 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.


The First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Maldives Customs Service under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
18 May 2015, Male, Maldives

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat and Sri Lanka Customs conducted the First National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Maldives Customs Service under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 18 to 22 May 2015 in Male, Maldives.


WCO-ICAO Joint Workshop on Air Cargo Security and Facilitation 
28 April 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held a joint workshop on Air Cargo Security and Facilitation at the ICAO Regional Office in Bangkok on 28-30 April 2015, with the financial support of CCF Japan.


Customs and Business Representatives Discuss Way Forward Towards Joint Efforts in Contending with Illicit Trade in Counterfeit Goods 
22 April 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

WCO Regional Workshop on Countering Counterfeiting and Piracy was conducted on 20 – 22 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, and in cooperation with the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD).


ROCB A/P Joins “Conference on Illegal Wildlife and Timber Trafficking” to Discuss How to Further Strengthen Cooperation in Combating Illegal Wildlife and Timber Trafficking within ASEAN 
7 April 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, Program Manager for South Asia of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Conference on Illegal Wildlife and Timber Trafficking held on 7 April 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.


WCO/UNEP Joint Regional Risk Management Workshop on Environmental Issues 
6 April 2015, Malacca, Malaysia

ROCB A/P, in cooperation with the WCO, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD), organized the Joint Regional Risk Management Workshop on Environmental Issues from 6 to 10 April 2015 in the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (a.k.a. AKMAL, WCO A/P Regional Training Center, Malaysia) with the sponsorship by the CCF-Korea.


Socialization and Workshop on Time Release Study for Indonesia Customs and Excise 
31 March 2015, Semarang, Indonesia

Responding to a strong request from General Directorate of Customs and Excise of Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia Customs), the ROCB A/P dispatched Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, CCF/Japan Operation Manager and Program Manager for South Asia and WCO accredited expert on Time Release Study (TRS), to support the Socialization and Workshop on TRS held from 31 March to 2 April 2015 in Semarang, Indonesia.


ROCBA/P Promotes WCO Tools for Paperless Trade 
31 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation by the UNESCAP, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi and Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCP A/P participated and contributed to the Capacity Building Workshop on Cross-Border Paperless Trade Facilitation: Challenges and Issues for Enabling Environment, which was held on 31 March 2015 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.


Strategic Discussion on Trade facilitation among the ASEAN Member States and Development Partners 
19 March 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

At the invitation of the ADB, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, along with Mr. Toshihiko Osawa, Technical Officer of the WCO, participated in the “ADB-ASEAN Workshop on Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in the Context of the ASEAN Economic Community”, held on 19 March 2015 in Jakarta.


WCO Regional Workshop on Strategic Initiatives for Trade Facilitation - Mercator Program- 
16 March 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Indonesian Customs, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Strategic Initiatives for Trade Facilitation – Mercator Program- from 16 March through 18 March 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop was co-sponsored by Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan) and the ADB.


ROCB A/P Joins Development Partners to Discuss Collaboration in Transport and Trade Facilitation Assistance for Greater Mekong Sub-Region 
12 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the 2nd Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) Transport and Trade Facilitation (TTF) Development Partners Meeting held on 12 and 13 March 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P Continues to Collaborate with the ADB on Customs Capacity Building for the South Asia Sub regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Countries 
11 March 2015, Goa, India

Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, Program Manager for South Asia of the ROCB A/P, participated in the ADB SASEC 3rd Customs Subgroup Meeting held on 11-12 March 2015 in Goa, India. The meeting was hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), ...


The ROCB A/P Attends the 6th WCO Capacity Building Committee Meeting 
23 February 2015, Brussels, Belgium

The 6th WCO Capacity Building Committee Meeting was held on 23-25 February 2015 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels and discussed a range of strategic topics and examined a series of guidelines, programs and tools on issues such as supporting people and donor engagement.


ROCBs/RTCs/Vice Chairs Meeting held in Brussels 
19 February 2015, Brussels, Belgium

The 10th ROCBs/RTCs/Vice Chairs Meeting was held on 19-20 February 2015 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels. The ROCB A/P attended the Meeting and actively participated in the deliberation.


ROCB A/P Promotes the AEO Program During the WCO/UNODC CCP Customs Business Workshop in Port Klang, Malaysia 
11 February 2015, Port Klang, Malaysia

The ROCB A/P once again contributed to the successful opening of the WCO/UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) Customs-Business Workshop. This time the workshop was held in Port Klang, Malaysia on 11 February 2015, by the UNODC Bangkok Office with the sponsorship of the United States and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).


The WCO Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on Intelligence Management 
10 - 13 February 2015, Hong Kong, China

The Asia Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P), in cooperation with the WCO and Hong Kong Customs, organized the WCO Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on Intelligence Management in the Regional Training Center in Hong Kong, China from 10 to 13 February 2015 under the sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund/Japan.


ROCB A/P Attends the TRAFFIC Consultative Workshop 
29 January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Upon the invitation of the TRAFFIC, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and Mr. Jing CHENG, Technical Attaché of the ROCB A/P, along with the experts from the WCO and WCO RILO A/P attended the Consultative Workshop which was held from 29 to 30 of January 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P Collaborates with Cambodia Customs for the Next Phase of Reform and Modernization 
26 January 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The General Department of Customs and Excise (DGCE) of Cambodia organized the 4th Development Partners Meeting on 26 January 2015 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


THE WCO-UNESCAP UNNEXTMASTERCLASS 2015: The Single Window in the Context of the WTO TFA 
12 January 2015, Cheonan, Korea

The ROCB A/P organized the 2nd WCO-UNESCAP UNNEXTMASTERCLASS: The Single Window in the Context of the WTO TFA from 12 January through 21 January 2015 at the Regional Training Center (Customs Border Control Training Center (CBCTC) in Cheon-an, Korea.


WCO A/P regional Accreditation Workshop for IPR Technical Operational Advisers 
19 January 2015, Kashiwa, Japan

As part of the current WCO Capacity Building Strategy, and to be responsive to the needs of the A/P region, the Regional Accreditation Workshop for the Technical and Operational Advisers in Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy was organized from 19th to 23rd January 2015,


ROCB A/P joined partners to discuss Customs capacity building to contend with environmental crime 
15 January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the UNEP, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 16th Meeting of Asia Partners Forum on Combating Environmental Crime (ARPEC) on 15 January 2015 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.


Regional workshop on SAFE Framework of Standardsand Authorized Economic Operator 
5 January 2015, New Delhi, India

The ROCB A/P’s capacity building activities in 2015 was started with the Regional Workshop on SAFE Framework of Standard (SAFE FoS) and Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), which was held from 5th-9th January 2015 in New Delhi, India.


Collaborative efforts in enforcement capacity building on trade in Ozone Depleting Substances 
18 December 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) organized the Thematic Meeting of South Asia Ozone Officers and Customs Officers on 17-19 December 2014 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand, which was attended by more than 30 delegates from 12 countries,


WCO National Workshop on Time Release Survey for India Customs 
15 December 2014, Faridabad, India

Responding to a request from Central Board of Excise and Customs Department of Revenue, India (India Customs), the ROCB A/P, in cooperation with the WCO Secretariat, conducted the National Workshop on Time Release Study (TRS) for India Customs from 15 to18 December 2014 in Faridabad, India,


Informal dialogues on Customs-Business cooperation for trade facilitation 
15 December 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of theInternational Federation of Customs Brokers Associations (IFCBA), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and Mr. James Wong, Program Manager for Southeast Asia of the ROCB A/P, joined part of the Meeting of Managing Directors of the IFCBA held on 15 December 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand,


ROCB A/P promoted the AEO program for the successful implementation of the WCO/UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) 
4 December 2014, Hai Phong, Viet Nam

The ROCB A/P once again contributed to the successful opening of National Workshop on the WCO/UNODC Container Control Program (CCP). This time the workshop was held in Hai Phong, Viet Nam on 4 December 2014, by the UNODC Bangkok Office with the sponsorship of the United States and Canada.


Exit Conference on the Cambodia’s first Time Release Study (TRS) 
1 December 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, CCF/Japan Operation Manager and Program Manager for South Asia represented the WCO to the Exit Conference on 2013 TRS, which was organized by the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) in cooperation with Asian Development Bank (ADB),


Calling for enhanced coordinated border management for Customs control on travelers 
2 December 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P represented the WCO at the 3rd Conference on Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building for Border Management on 2nd December 2014.


ROCB A/P participates in the 24th WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Contact Point Meeting 
18 November 2014, Langkawi, Malaysia

The 24th WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Contact Point Meeting was held on 18-20 November 2014 in Lagkawi, Malaysia. Nearly 60 delegates from 21 member administrations and 4 observer organizations attended and discussed a series of important policy issues for furthering regional cooperation and coordination.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Seminar on Capacity Building on Customs Chemical Analysis 
12 November 2014, Kashiwa, Japan

The World Customs Organization (WCO), in cooperation with the Central Customs Laboratory of Japan Customs and the Regional Office for Capacity Building Asia/Pacific (ROCB A/P), organized the WCO Regional Seminar on Capacity Building on Customs Chemical Analysis from 12 to 14 November 2014in Kashiwa and Tokyo, Japan, under the sponsorship of the CCF/Japan.


26th Administrative Meeting of the National Contact Points of the WCO RILO AP 
11 November 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka

At the invitation of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia Pacific(RILO A/P), Mr. Seung Kyoo Lee, Program Manager, represented the ROCB AP at the 26th Administrative Meeting of the National Contact Points of the WCO RILO A/P, which was held in Colombo Sri Lanka on 11-13 November 2014.


WCO Regional Accreditation Workshop on AEO in Malaysia 
10 November 2014, Malacca, Malaysia

In order to help identify and establish a pool of accredited experts in the area of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), WCO, ROCB A/P and the Regional Training Centre (RTC) of Malaysia Customs jointly organized a WCO Regional Accreditation Workshop on AEO in Malaysia from 10 to 14 Nov 2014 at RTC Malaysia.


 Donor Engagement

ADB/WCO National Workshop on Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) Implementation for Bhutan 
9 - 12 June 2014, Thimpu, Bhutan

Responding to the needs expressed by the Department of Revenue and Customs (DRC) of Bhutan, the WCO in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) delivered a 4-day national Workshop on the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) Implementation in Thimpu, Bhutan on 9-12 June 2014. Mr. Yoshihiro Kosaka, Head of the ROCB A/P, together with the experts from the WCO, the ADB and Japan Customs participated in this workshop.


WCO/ADB National Workshop on the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) for Myanmar 
28 - 30 May 2014, Yangon, Myanmar

The ROCB A/P, in cooperation with the WCO and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized the WCO national workshop on Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) in Yangon Myanmar from 28 to 30 May 2014. It was attended by 27 mid-level customs officers of Myanmar Customs. Mr. Yoshihiro Kosaka, Head of the ROCB A/P attended this workshop as an expert.


ROCB A/P Contribution to the SASEC Second Meeting of the Customs Subgroup in Nepal 
21 - 24 May 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in cooperation with Nepal Customs organized the South Asia Sub-regional Cooperation (SASEC) Second Meeting of the Customs Subgroup in Kathmandu, Nepal on 22-23 May 2014. At the organizers invitation, Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, CCF/Japan Operational Manager and Program Manager of the ROCB A/P for South Asia,
joined the conference as a resource person.


ROCB A/P Contribution Workshop on Effective Practices in Transnational Cooperation in the Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Thailand 
19 - 21 May 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Upon the invitation of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Mr. James Wong of WCO ROCB A/P attended, as a speaker and panelist, the Workshop on Effective Practices in Transnational Cooperation in the Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights held in Bangkok, Thailand from 19 to 21 May 2014.


ROCB A/P contribution to the IFCBA Global Conference in Korea 
14 – 16 May 2014, Seoul, Korea

In response to the request from the WCO Headquarters, Mr. Yoshihiro Kosaka, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the International Federation of Customs Brokers Association (IFCBA) global conference that was held in Seoul, Korea on 14-16 May 2014. Around 300 participants attended the conference.


ROCB A/P contribution to the ADB Exit Conference on Customs Time Release Study (TRS) for Malaysia 
29 April 2014, Putrajaya, Malaysia

The Royal Malaysian Customs Department in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized the Exit Conference on Customs Time Release Study (TRS), in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 29 April 2014. The conference was attended by about 130 participants from the Customs Department, the private sectors, and other government authorities.


ROCB A/P Contribution to the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Transport and Trade Facilitation (TTF) Development Partners’ Meeting in Philippines 
22 - 23 April 2014, Manila, Philippines

The Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Transport and Trade Facilitation (TTF) Development Partners’ Meeting was held in Manila, Philippines from 22 to 23 April 2014. The meeting gathered a total of 37 representatives from various international organizations, such as JICA, UNESCAP, WCO, etc. At the invitation of the Asia Development Bank (ADB), Mr. James K W Wong, Program Manager for South East Asia of the ROCB A/P, attended this meeting.


WCO/ADB National Workshop on Transportation and Trade Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism (TTFMM) for Nepal 
15 - 17 April 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal

The WCO, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) jointly organized a national workshop on Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism (TTFMM) for Nepal from 15 to
17 April 2014. At the organizers invitation, Mr. Jing Cheng, Program Manager for Pacific Islands of the ROCB A/P joined this workshop as a resource person on behalf of the WCO.


 Special Topics

ROCB A/P gives a lecture on the roles of Customs and the WCO to University students 
20 February 2012, Bangkok, Thailand

On 20th February 2017, Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, gave a lecture on the roles of Customs and the WCO to 20 students from Economics Faculty of Nagasaki University (Japan), led by an Associate Professor thereof, at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.


Contribution from Maldives Customs Service 
Maldives Customs Service (MCS) has successfully launched ASYCUDA World (AW) software in all of its offices including the main seaports, airports and regional stations established across the country.


ROCB A/P joins the Thai Customs colleagues to celebrate the International Customs Day 2017 
26 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), ROCB A/P staffs joined the International Customs Day Ceremony held on 26 January 2017 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visit to new Principal Advisor of Thai Customs Department 
23 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 23 January 2017, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, new Principle Advisor of the Royal Thai Customs Department (TCD), second highest position within the TCD, to congratulate recent confirmation of his new posting.


ROCB A/P pays respects to late King of Thailand 
17 October 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid solemn respect to the late King of Thailand by signing to the condolences book.


ROCB A/P pays a courtesy visit to new Deputy Director General of the Thai Customs Department 
On 14 October 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Chaiyut Kumkun, newly appointed Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), at his office.


Reaching the New Frontier of Thai Customs 
13 August 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

A special article by Dr. Somchai Sujjapongse, Director General of the Thai Customs Department.


nCEN Implementation in Maldives 
10 July 2015, Male, Maldives

Author: Mr. Ismail Hamdoon
Chief Superintendent,
Head of Compliance and Risk Management Division,
Maldives Customs Service


ROCB A/P Head Visits RTC Hong Kong 
4 March 2015, Hong Kong, China

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, paid a courtesy visit to the Regional Training Center (RTC) in Hong Kong China on 4 March 2015 and saw Mr. C K Fan, Head of the RTC Hong Kong China, and his colleagues and exchanged candid views on the way to make regional training programs more effective and result-oriented.


ROCB A/P celebrates its 10th Anniversary 
7 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

The ROCB A/P’s 10th Anniversary Ceremony was carried out on 7 November 2014 at the Sukhothai Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai Customs Department, the host administration of the ROCB A/P since its inception in September 2014, generously hosted the ceremony, ...


Official Visit of WCO Secretary General to LAO PDR 
5 November 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR

Upon the invitation of LAO PDR Customs, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO and Mr. James Wong of the ROCB A/P made an official visit to Lao PDR from 5 to 6 November 2014.


10th Anniversary of the establishment of the ROCB A/P 
28 September 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

The ROCB A/P was officially opened on 28 September 2004 and the ROCBA/P marks its 10th anniversary this year. In this regard, Thai Customs Department, the ROCB A/P’s gracious host administration, will generously organize the 10thAnniversary Ceremony on 7th November 2014 on the occasion of the RTC Heads Meeting.


A Journey of Cambodia to RKC 
28 June 2014, Brussels, Belgium

In the Strategy and Work Programs on Reform and Modernization of Cambodia Customs (2009-2013), under Strategic Objective 3, Cambodia Customs has set an important plan to modernize customs system, procedures and technique in order to maximize trade facilitation by becoming a contracting party to the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC).


 Guest Visits

Japan Customs AEO Experts visits the ROCB A/P 
9 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 9 February 2017, Mr. Tetsuro Higuchi and Mr. Shoji Oguri of Japan Customs, accompanied by Japanese Customs Attaché in Thailand and Bangkok-based JICA project expert, made a short visit to the ROCB A/P on the occasion of the AEO Workshop jointly organized by the Thai Customs Department and the Japan Customs, in which they participated as resource speakers


OCO Executives paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P 
11 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 11 January 2017, Mr. Seve Paeniu, Head of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) Secretariat, and Mr. Tevita Tupou, OCO Operations Manager, visited the ROCB A/P on the occasion of their business trip to Bangkok.


ROCB A/P renews partnership with the APPU 
11 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 11 January 2017, Mr. Lin Hongliang, Director of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union, visited the ROCB A/P and exchanged wished for the New Year.


Korea Customs Service (KCS) Cargo Selectivity & Inspection Team visits the ROCB A/P 
9 December 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Jeon Ik Pyo, the Team Manager of Cargo Selectivity & Inspection Team of Korea Customs Service (KCS) and his colleagues visited the ROCB A/P on 9 December 2016 on the occasion of business trip to Thailand Customs to benchmark the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program (CCP).


KCS Vice Commissioner re-affirms his support for the ROCB A/P 
24 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. CHUN Hong-uk, Vice Commissioner of the Korea Customs Service (KCS), accompanied by Mr. JEONG Seung-hwan, Director of Audit Policy Division, and Mr. KIM Won-seok, Deputy Director, Multilateral Cooperation Division,visitedthe ROCB A/P on 24 November 2014 on the occasion of his visit to the Thai Customs Department for bilateral cooperation talks.


Lao Customs DDG visits the ROCB A/P to discuss their continued modernization effort 
26 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Bounpaseuth Sikounlabout, Deputy Director General of Lao Customs, and his colleagues visited the ROCB A/P on 26 February 2016 on the occasion of his business trip to Thailand to study management practices in dry ports and container depots.


AEO Workshop participants visited the ROCB A/P 
4 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

AEO workshop participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam visited the ROCB A/P, accompanied by colleagues of the AEO Department of the Thai Customs Department (TCD) and JICA Experts.


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visit to new DDG of the Thai Customs Department 
3 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Vichak Apirugnunchai, new Deputy Director General of the Thai Customs Department (TCD) at his office to congratulate his promotion and call for continued support for the ROCB A/P.


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visit to new DDG of the Thai Customs Department 
2 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Chutiwat Watanaphol, new Deputy Director General of the Thai Customs Department (TCD) at his office to congratulate his promotion and call for continued support for the ROCB A/P.


Visit of Japan Customs Deputy Director General to ROCB A/P 
14 January 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Japan Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB) delegation led by Mr. Hiroshi Kishimoto, Deputy Director General of CTB, and accompanied by Mr. Shinji Taniguchi, Counselor for International Cooperation, as well as his colleagues, visited ROCB A/P seizing an opportunity of their mission to attend JICA Customs Expert Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P Renews Collaboration with APPU for Air Cargo Security 
7 January 2016

Mr. Lin Hongliang, Director of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), and Mr. Anucha Soonglertsongpha, Course Director of the APPU, visited the ROCB A/P for the New Year’s greeting and renewal of collaboration with the Customs in the Asia/Pacific region.


KCS CBCTI Faculty Director visits the ROCB A/P 
2 December 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Delegation from the Korea Customs Service Customs Border Control and Training Institution (CBCTI), led by Mr. Lee Beumju, Faculty Director of the CBCTI, and Mr. Sung Wonsik, Professor of the CBCTI, visited the ROCB A/P to explore the way to further promote the existing close cooperation between the ROCB A/P and the CBCTI, which is one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers.


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visit to AKMAL 
2 November 2015, the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL), Malacca, Malaysia

Prior to the 13th Heads of A/P WCO Regional Training Centers (RTCs) Meeting, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi and his ROCB A/P colleagues paid a courtesy visit to the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL) and met Ms. Azimah Binti Abd Hamid, Director of the AKMAL.


Korean Officials visit ROCB A/P to check the working status of Korean staff 
On 30 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Min Jinki from the Ministry of Personnel Management and Mr. Park Siwon and Mr. Kim Daeyi from the Korea Customs Service (KCS) visited the ROCB A/P with Mr. Lee chuljae, Korea Customs Attaché at the Korea Embassy in Thailand for an on-site verification of the working status of the overseas secondee from the Korea government agencies.


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visit to new Thai Customs Director General 
14 October 2015, Bangkok Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, the new Director General of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), who took the office on 1 October 2015.


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visit to newly assigned Director of Thai Customs Academy 
1 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues visited the Thai Customs Academy, which serves as a liaison office between the ROCB A/P and the Thai Customs Department, to congratulate Mr. Prawat Chuenchawalit for taking the office of Director of Thai Customs Academy with effect on the same day.


ASEAN Customs Capacity Building Working Group participants visited ROCB A/P 
21 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Oentarto Wibowo, Chairperson of the ASEAN Customs Capacity Building Working Group (CCBWG), and participants of the meeting including representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P.


Korea Customs Attachés visited the ROCB A/P to bid a Farewell and Say hello 
21 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. You Younghan, departing Korea Customs Attaché based in Thailand, and Mr. Lee Chuljae, (Mr. You’s successor) visited the ROCB A/P. Mr. You, who served as Korea Customs Attaché at the Korea Embassy in Thailand for 3 years, wished the ROCB A/P continued growth and success.


ROCB A/P and RILO A/P Seek Synergy in Technical Assistance Programs 
18 August 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On 18 August 2015, Mr. Lee Chul-hun, Deputy Head of RILO A/P, and Mr. Wang Liang, Intelligence Analyst, visited the ROCB A/P to discuss ways to collaborate and seek synergy in the capacity building programs to be delivered in 2015/2016.


Laos Customs Colleagues Visit the ROCB A/P 
23 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On the occasion of a study visit to the Thai Customs Department, sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a group of Lao Customs colleagues paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P on 23 July 2015.


Japanese Customs Attaché Waters the ROCB Trees 
23 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On 23 July 2015, Mr. Keiichi Tatsumi, a Customs Attaché to the Japanese Embassy to Thailand, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P.


Ex-Head of the ROCB A/P Pays Courtesy Visit 
27 April 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On 27 April 2015, Mr. Yoshihiro Kosaka, ex-Head of the ROCB A/P and current Director for Technical Cooperation at Japan Customs and Tariff Bureau of Ministry of Finance, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P on the occasion of his visit to the Thai Customs Department.


HS Experts Visit the ROCB A/P 
2 April 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On 2 April 2015, Mr. Nobuaki Osaki, Section Chief of Commodity Classification, Clearance Division of Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance, and Mrs. Miyako Miyashita, Inspector of Appraiser Section, Clearance Department of Tokyo Customs, visited the ROCB A/P on the occasion of their mission to Thailand


Delegation from the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department Visits ROCB A/P 
25 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Jimmy TAM, Senior Superintendent Head of Supply Chain Management Office of the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department (HKCED), accompanied by two HKCED officials, visited the ROCB A/P on 25 March 2015.


Delegation from the Maldives Customs Visits ROCB A/P 
25 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Abdulla WAHEED, Chief Superintendent of the Maldives Customs Service (MCS) accompanied by nine MCS officials, visited the ROCB A/P on 25 March 2015 on the occasion of their study visit to the Thai Customs Department.


A Pleasant Surprise Visit by a Japan GRIPS Alumnus 
11 February 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On 11 February 2015, the ROCB A/P welcomed a surprised but pleasant visit by Mr. Rajan Datt of India, an alumnus of the WCO-Japan Scholarship Program 2011/2012.


ROCB A/P Renews Collaboration with APPU for Air Cargo Security 
20 January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Lin Hongliang, Director of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), and Mr. Anucha Soonglertsongpha, Course Director of the APPU, visited the ROCB A/P for the New Year’s greeting and renewal of collaboration with Customs in the Asia/Pacific region. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P and other colleagues gave them a warm welcome.


New Zealand Customs Attaché waters the ROCB Trees 
16 January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Brian Lamb, Bangkok-based New Zealand Customs Attaché, visited the ROCB A/P on 16 January 2016 for New Year’s greetings and to discuss NZ Custom’s possible contributions to the regional capacity building activities in 2015 with Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P.


Seeking better collaboration with ADB in Southeast Asia region 
9 December 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

In the course of a series of missions to Southeast Asian countries, Ms. Kanya Sasradipoera, Regional Cooperation Specialist of the Southeast Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), accompanied by Mr. David Martin, a consultant to the ADB, visited the ROCB A/P on 9 December 2014.


 Staff Updates

Welcome Mr. Tong Hua, our new colleaque 
Sawadi krap, I am Tong hua from China Customs. I am so glad to join in the prestigious WCO ROCB A/P team.


Farewell to Mr. Dale Furse, Australian Border Force Attaché 
On 2 November 2016, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues to bid farewell had a lunch together with Mr. Dale Furse, Australian Border Force Attaché, and thanked him for his continued support for the ROCB A/P’s activities


Welcome Mr. Poonyawee Sroythong, our new colleaque 
19 September 2016, Bangkok, Thailand


Farewell Message from Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson or Khun “Ae” 
5 August 2016, Thailand


Farewell to Mr. Cheng Jing 
Time flies. I have spent 4 year working with the ROCB A/P in Thailand. I have traveled to many places and made a lot of friends.


Welcome Ms. Vareemon Chairungsrilert, our new colleaque 
12 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Vareemon Chairungsrilert


Welcome Ms. Jate-arpa Benjaphong, our new colleaque 
2 March 2016,Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you so much to let me introduce myself. My name is Jate-arpa Benjaphong , nicknamed “Mai.” I worked at private companies for many years since I graduated the Bachelor Degree from Assumption University.


Farewell for Ms. Narumon Siricharoenwat or Khun “Nok” 
29 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Transfer of Ms. Narumon Siricharoenwat, Program Coordinator of the ROCB A/P, to the Thai Customs Academy.


Welcome Ms. Chanakarn Songsiri, our new colleaque 
3 Febuary 2016,Bangkok, Thailand

It is my honor to introduce myself to you. My name is Chanakarn Songsiri or you can call me “Foam.” I am glad to work with ROCB A/P, which helps me develop positive interpersonal relations, and understand international standards and good practices.


Fare well to Ms. Manita Sreeta or Khun "Pleng" 
15 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Return of Ms. Manita Sreeta, Program Coordinator of the ROCB A/P, to the Thai Customs Academy


Farewell to Ms. Yotsawadee Trakonsup or Khun "Or" 
30 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Farewell to Ms. Yotsawadee Trakonsup, Program Coordinator of the ROCB A/P


Welcome Ms. Narumon Siricharoenwat, our new colleaque 
22 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

I am Narumon Siricharoenwat. My nickname is Nok. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am presently working as Program Coordinator in ROCB A/P with having total of fourteen years of work experience in The Thai Customs Department.


Welcome Mr. Kangsik CHO 
18 June 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

I am Kangsik Cho from Korea Customs Service and very glad to have a chance to introduce myself. Thanks to the warm welcome of the Thai Customs staff and office colleagues.


Welcome Ms. Supatcha Supapant, an Internship Student from BMIR Program 
8 June 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

I am Supatcha Supapant. My nickname is Amp. I’m from the Combined Bachelor and Master of Political Science Program in Politics and International Relations (BMIR) Program, Thammasat University, Faculty of Political Science.


Welcome Ms. Alpha Wong 
18 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Thanks for giving this valuable opportunity to introduce myself via ROCB A/P communication channel. I am Alpha Wong from Hong Kong Customs. My secondment to the ROCB A/P has been started from 18 March 2015 and it will last for two years. On the first day I arrived Bangkok, I was so grateful to the warmest greetings from Thai Customs and ROCB A/P colleagues at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. It really gave me a wonderful feeling and a great start in a new environment.


Farewell Message from Mr. S. K. Lee 
18 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Now I think it's about time I have to say good-bye to all of you. Good-bye is a good thing, if not it would be said bad-bye or sorrow-bye. So I'd love to say good-bye to you or hear from you good-bye too. But I suppose there would be several requirements if we can say good-bye to each other when we leave.


Farewell Message from Mr. James K W Wong 
18 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Time flies. I have spent two years in Bangkok, Thailand working for the ROCB A/P. I have met many people and flown to many different places to attend capacity building events. I think these two years will be the most wonderful part of my life.


Welcome Ms. Manita Sreeta, Our new staff 
Hello colleagues,

It is my pleasure to introduce myself to everyone. I am Manita Sreeta. My nickname is Pleng. I graduated from Thammasat University, a law school in Bangkok, Thailand in the year 2012 and decided to change my career path to be a Customs officer. I have been with Thai Customs for a year now and have been given an opportunity to work at the Customs Academy.


Farewell Message from Ms. Ben Chamkrom 
Time really flies. Looking back after almost 3 years of working in the international environment with ROCB A/P, I feel how lucky I have been. I’ve learned a lot from this challenging job. I’ve had an enjoyable experience in both work and life with my wonderful colleagues in ROCB A/P office and friends in A/P. We started as colleagues, then became friends and then became family. I’ve gained not only customs-professional-related knowledge but also great experiences and memories.


Welcome Mr. Brian Lamb from New Zealand Customs Service 
Mr. Brian Lamb has 41 years Customs experience with the New Zealand Customs Service and has worked in a variety of operational work areas, primarily in the investigative and tactical response fields.

In recent years Brian has been the Operations Manager, Investigations and Response. In this role Brian held overall responsibility for the investigation of offences under the Customs and Excise Act and the Misuse of Drugs Act.


Welcome the New Head of ROCB A/P 
Dear readers,

It is my great pleasure and honor to extend my greetings from Bangkok for the first time as the new Head of the ROCB A/P for the next 5 years succeeding Mr. Yoshihiro Kosaka. Indeed, I have quite big shoes to fill.


Farewell Message from Mr. David Haigh, a New Zealand Attache in Bangkok 
One of the success stories for Customs is the work of the Asia Pacific ROCB and it has been my pleasure to work with them over the last three years. Yoshi Kosaka, and his excellent and friendly staff, are extremely active and play a significant and ever expanding role in developing Customs administrations in the region. I have been particularly pleased to note more recently their readiness to engage more closely with Customs administrations in the Pacific – an area of particular importance to New Zealand Customs.


 Other Issues

ROCB A/P joins Thai Customs Department to celebrate International Customs Day 
26 January 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kangsik Cho and Ms. Alpha Wong represented the ROCB A/P to join the 2016 International Customs Day Celebration Ceremony, which was held on 26 January 2016 at the TCD Headquarters.


ROCB A/P Joins the Wrap-Up Ceremony for the JICA Project for Enhancing the Transparency and Predictability of Tariff Classification and Customs Valuation 
19 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, CCF/Japan Operation Manager and Program Manager for South Asia, Ms. Narumon Siricharoenwat and Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson, Program Coordinators of the ROCB A/P attended the Wrap-Up Ceremony for the Project supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).


ROCB A/P Witnesses Thai Customs’ New Modernization Practice 
23 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his ROCB A/P colleagues attended the Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding on Electronic Payment of Customs Duties and Taxes, which was held on 23 July 2015 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P Joins Thai Customs Department’s Celebration of the 141st Anniversary 
3 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On 3 July 2015, upon a kind invitation of Dr. Somchai Sujjapongse, Director General of the Royal Thai Customs Department (TCD), all staff members of the ROCB A/P joined TCD’s 141st Anniversary Ceremony held at its Headquarters.


ROCB A/P witnesses the signing ceremony of the Container Control Program for Thailand 
19 January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On 19 January 2015, at the invitation of the UNODC, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the signing ceremony of WCO-UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) for Thailand at the Thai Customs Department (TCD) as an observer.


Consultation Meeting with the WCO Secretariat Officials 
14-15 July 2014, Brussels, Belgium

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, the new Head of the ROCB A/P, visited the WCO Secretariat on 14-15 July 2014 and had a series of meetings with WCO officials, including Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO and Mr. Eric Kieck, Director of Capacity Building Directorate. These meetings provided an opportunity to confirm ROCB A/P’s activities are consistent with the WCO policy and strategy. The meetings also offered an opportunity to renew the existing cooperative relationship with the WCO Secretariat and the ROCB A/P.


The Courtesy Visit to Top Seniors of the Thai Customs Department 
July 2014, Bangkok Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, the new head of the ROCB A/P paid the Courtesy Visit to the top seniors of the Thai Customs Department.


ROCB A/P Attending the 140th Anniversary of Thai Customs 
04 July 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

On 4th July 2014, Mr. Kazunari IGARASHI, Head of ROCB A/P and his staff attended the 140th Anniversary of the Thai Customs Department. The occasion marked 140 years of the Customs Department serving Thailand and its contribution to the whole Customs community.


Farewell Party to Mr. Yoshihiro Kosaka, former Head of the ROCB A/P 
17 June 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

On 17th June 2014, Thai Customs Department hosted a farewell luncheon to Mr. Yoshihiro Kosaka, ex head of the ROCB A/P. The event took place at the Customs Club of Thai Customs Department. Approximately 50 Customs officers mainly from the Planning and International Affairs Bureau also joined as the organizing team of this event.


 Upcoming Events of 2017

 
Future Activities